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A Meteor Shower And May's Super Moon Thursday 2020

If it feels like you’ve seen practically everything on your streaming services, you can watch a new celestial show courtesy of mother nature: A meteor shower and a supermoon will be lighting up the night sky this week. The Eta Aquarids is one of two meteor showers that occur when cosmic debris from Halley’s Comet enters Earth’s atmosphere as our planet journeys around the sun. 

According to The New York Times, the Eta Aquarids is active from April 19 to May 28, and it’ll reach its peak from Monday night through Tuesday morning (May 4-5). You won’t need any equipment to see the meteor shower (weather permitting). 

To get the best view, be patient as you let your eyes adjust to the darkness and look at the darker parts of the sky away from the moon. Another beautiful celestial sight, May’s Full Flower Moon will rise just two days after the meteor shower. But since it’s a supermoon, its brightness might make the meteor shower hard to see. The Full Flower Moon will reach its peak brightness on Thursday, May 7 at 6:45 A.M. EDT, according to the Farmer’s Almanac

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  1. ah now you are in my realm pal! This is where I live! I have been watching the skies each night but cloud cover has forced me to miss things 3 out of the last 4 nights.
    I will continue to try!!!

    great piece thank yoU!!!!!

    • Thanks, Doc, I’m glad you liked it. I, on the other hand, have been extremely lucky to see the moon in all her finery since Monday, 2.00 am, every morning but missed the meteor shower on account of the brightness of the moon. Perhaps South-Africa is too far South to really see it anyhow.

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